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TechnologyNASA opening International Space Station to business, including private astronaut missions by 2020

18:10  07 june  2019
18:10  07 june  2019 Source:   cnbc.com

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration is opening the International Space Station (ISS) for more business, laying out its plan to do so at the Nasdaq stock exchange on Friday.

Companies will be allowed to bid for new activities on the ISS, as NASA unveiled a new directive to "enable commercial manufacturing and production and allow both NASA and private astronauts to conduct new commercial activities aboard the orbiting laboratory," the agency said in a press release.

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NASA and Boeing, the International Space Station 's prime contractor, are studying the feasibility of operating the outpost through 2020 . The idea was to characterize the stresses acting across the station to identify areas of particular concern and to find out how they will fare over an extended

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NASA is also opening up the ISS for "private astronaut missions of up to 30 days," it said, "with the first mission as early as 2020."

The commercialization of the ISS has long been considered a way to reduce NASA's yearly costs for operating the station. Additionally, the ISS has been touted as a stepping stone to build an ecosystem of business in orbit around the Earth, so companies can manufacture, experiment, advertise and even host tourists.

Shortly after his appointment as NASA Administrator, Jim Bridenstine met with private companies about managing the space station. Although NASA has been increasing its reliance on private space companies, none of the companies working on low Earth orbit space habitats have expressed interest in taking over the ISS wholesale.

Boeing has been NASA's primary contractor on the ISS ever since the aerospace giant was selected in 1993 to develop and build the floating lab. About a third of NASA's more than $3 billion annual budget for the ISS is for operating costs, according to the Washington Post last year.

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